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Master of social work.

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Course overview

  • 2 years full time / 4 years part time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February and Spring Intake - August

The Master of Social Work at the University of Melbourne offers an outstanding graduate course of study. You will benefit from our research-led teaching, based on up-to-date data allowing you to apply the most relevant theory to your social work practice.

This is one of the first masters degrees accredited nationally by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). A master’s degree in social work is a portable qualification, enabling you to work nationally or internationally.

The course is led by highly qualified, experienced, research-active and accessible experts in the field, with strong ties to the profession and community services. Their expertise encompasses specialist knowledge in particular fields of practice including: Mental health, child and family practice, health, ageing and substance abuse.

We give you strong research preparation through specific skill development in social work research. This is important in teaching you to utilise current research to inform your practice and as preparation for research studies

You will undertake a specialist elective in the final semester. Throughout the degree you will find special areas of social work that interest you. You can follow these up more closely by undertaking a specialist elective in:

  • Psychiatric disability
  • Child and family
  • Social policy or mental health

Course description

The course offers mixed teaching methods: lectures, tutorials, seminars, collaborative learning and practice simulations. This ensures a rich and diverse learning environment, and is inclusive of all students. Our specially designed interview simulation rooms allow you to practice and review your skills in a safe environment before commencing your fieldwork placements .

Upcoming information session

Master of social work information session: 2024 intake.

When:   Thursday 7 September 2023, 6.00-7.00pm (Melbourne, Australia Time)

Join course coordinator Dr Nicole Hill as we explore the program, placements and hear from current students. There will be an opportunity to ask questions live during the webinar.

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They mobilise the forces of individuals, the community, and state organisations to transform lives and create lasting and meaningful social change.

RMIT has been teaching social work for over 40 years, and our programs continue to reflect up-to-date ideas about social work and its place in a changing world.

Our graduates are resilient, outspoken members of society who advocate a fairer world for all.

Field education forms a large component of the social work course. You'll undertake 140 days of work placements within human and community service organisations.

Why choose the Master of Social Work at RMIT?

Graduate job-ready.

Undertake 140 days of work placements, gaining practical, hands-on experience.

Learn from industry

Engage with industry-linked experts and benefit from a job-relevant curriculum.

Research excellence

Gain access to our world-class research centres, run by leaders in social justice and homelessness.

You will engage with a wide variety of fields of social work practice throughout your studies.

Your studies will commence with courses that introduce you to professional practice frameworks and develop your interpersonal and communication skills, culminating in a capstone experience which orients you to your future professional practice. 

Coursework is designed to prepare you for two work integrated learning experiences, in which you will undertake two 70-day placements working alongside social work practitioners in a range of organisations. 

How you will learn

In the Master of Social Work, you will experience a variety of teaching approaches including seminars, lectures and interactive tutorials facilitated by practitioners and researchers active across different fields of social work practice.

Methods include collaborative group work, self-directed and peer learning, scenario and case-based learning and practice skills simulations.  

We offer face-to-face classes with some evening options. Some classes are also run intensively through the semester. 

A full-time student will attend approximately eight hours of classes per week each semester, with additional self-directed research and reading to prepare for classes and complete assessment requirements. 

You will be assessed throughout each semester, through written reflections, research projects, essays, and simulated interviews, all of which give you the opportunity to demonstrate your capabilities and develop your practice frameworks. 

Learning at RMIT

The types of classes you have will depend on the course you’re studying. Classes are offered in various formats designed to provide meaningful engagement with staff, industry and peers and provide for access and use of spaces where learning can be applied and active, including an array of specialised equipment.

Most RMIT courses do not include passive large-scale classes such as lectures, instead the content traditionally provided in lectures is made available online. This may be in the form of readings, videos or other on-demand learning materials. This content will also support the basis of interactive learning that takes place in on-campus classes.

RMIT and community service organisations work together to provide field education.

You'll undertake two field education placements within public and community sector human service organisations. Placement helps you practise your skills so that you have the confidence to apply your abilities to professional situations.

Placements may be arranged locally, with some opportunity for interstate or overseas placements for the second placement.

You could find work placements in organisations such as:

  • Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
  • Centre for Innovative Justice
  • Community Information & Support Victoria
  • Forensicare
  • Sacred Heart Mission
  • South East Community Links
  • Tangentyere Council (Alice Springs)
  • Victorian Arabic Services
  • Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria
  • Services Australia
  • Melbourne City Mission

Research strengths

RMIT is a world leader in social justice and homelessness research, and supports a number of research projects and networks that maintain wider links with local and global communities.

The Social and Global Studies Centre develops new knowledge and critical interventions to transform policy, practice, culture and lives, locally, nationally and internationally. It is underpinned by a commitment to respond to the Global Challenges agenda and is aligned with five 2030 SDGs: good health and well-being; gender equity; reduced inequalities; peace, justice and strong institutions; quality education.

The  Centre for Urban Research  is a thriving interdisciplinary research centre with an emphasis on the intersecting streams of housing and homelessness, urban and regional planning, and sustainability.

International opportunities

Global work, exchange and study experiences.

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences   with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

Learning outcomes

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the  learning outcomes .

Electives and course plan

This degree is designed to develop your capacity to deliver human services. and to master current and emerging policy and practice trends.

You'll reflect on and analyse social policy and organisational practices, and develop the skills necessary for advocating change. You'll graduate with the knowledge, skills, and ethical foundations to bring about individual and collective wellbeing from a social justice perspective.

The Master of Social Work comprises of ten 12-credit-point core subjects, two 24-credit-point core subjects, and two 12-credit-point elective subjects. Most subjects are offered face-to-face.

Core subjects include:

  • Critical Social Work
  • Casework, Counselling and Advocacy
  • Group and Community Work Strategies
  • Ethical, Legal and Organisational Contexts of Social Work Practice
  • Discourses of Care, Control and Protection
  • Field Education
  • Contemporary Themes in Professional Practice
  • Social Policy
  • Rights, Recognition and Social Justice

Elective subjects include:

  • Advanced Advocacy and Social Action
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Indigenous Policy
  • Loss, Trauma and Grief
  • Minor Thesis
  • Social and Political Theory
  • Working with Violence and Abuse.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Graduates are highly employable in human services organisations, community-based agencies, various levels of government, and increasingly in corporate and private enterprise.

Some graduates help to develop social policy, some engage in research, some assist communities to develop their own services, and some provide services to individuals and families. In a social work career, there are ample opportunities to pursue different specialisations and interests.

With your working knowledge of social science, research, and social work, you'll be eligible for a wide range of human services or community jobs in areas such as:

  • child protection
  • dispute mediation and industrial relations
  • health services and hospitals
  • human resource management
  • policy and advocacy work
  • community development projects
  • program and organisational development
  • immigration advice and referral centres
  • government departments
  • youth and family services.

Jobs and Skills Australia projects that work opportunities for social workers are set to increase by 15.9% to 2028.

Professional recognition and accreditation

This program is an  Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)  accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). Graduates are eligible for membership of this professional association.

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

Academic requirements

Prerequisites, selection tasks, english language requirements.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) that includes at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences (or equivalent).

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements  to be eligible for a place in this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant discipline which includes at least one year of full time studies in social sciences (or equivalent).

Applicants will be selected competitively based on undergraduate results and professional experience.

Please note complete applications must be submitted by 1 November (in any given year) in order to be considered.

CV and statement details your relevant professional experience (if applicable).

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band below 7.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 94 (with minimum of 24 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 23 in Speaking and 27 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 65 (with no communication band less than 65)
  • C1 Advanced: minimum of 185 with no less than 185 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit  English language requirements and equivalency information .

Additional information

Professional compliance requirements.

If you are successful in obtaining a place in this program, you must meet a number of professional compliance requirements upon commencement of your studies.

Working With Children Check*

Applicants will be required to hold a valid  Victorian Working with Children (WWC) Check  (valid for 5 years) prior to undertaking professional placement as part of this program.

Note: For placements undertaken interstate a valid WWC Check is required for that state.

National police record check*

Applicants will be required to hold a valid  National Police Record Check  for professional placements as part of this program.

NDIS Worker Screening Check*

Applicants may be required to apply for, and receive an acceptable  NDIS Worker Screening Check  prior to undertaking professional placement with an NDIS provider as part of this program.

*All relevant screening and compliance check fees are the responsibility of the student. 

Inherent requirements (non-academic abilities)

Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program.

The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.

The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the  Equitable Learning Service  to discuss any adjustments you may require.

By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:

  • understand more about the program
  • determine if you may need support during your studies
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you

If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.

To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with  Equitable Learning Service

The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.

Pathway options

Advanced standing and credit, further study.

You can gain entry to this masters degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs, if you meet the entry requirements.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the  RMIT Credit Policy .

Upon successful completion of this masters degree, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including postgraduate research programs, subject to the program's entrance requirements.

You can gain entry into this degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy .

Upon successful completion of this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

Fee summary

Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs).

Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.

2024 indicative fees

  • 2024 Commonwealth supported places (CSP) range from AU$4,445 to AU$16,323*. 

Full-fee places

  • AU$27,840 (2024 annual fee)*.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$351 maximum fee for 2024*.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment*

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

*Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

  • You may be eligible to apply for a HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
  • For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see  postgraduate study fees .

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see  Paying your fees and applying for refunds .

Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its  Job-ready Graduates Package . 

The fees in the table below apply to students who commence their program in 2024. Fees for continuing students are available at  fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at  Fees for Commonwealth supported students .

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2024 for commencing students

Student learning entitlement.

On 1 January 2022, the Government implemented the Student Learning Entitlement (SLE).

  • The SLE allows students 7 years of full-time subsidised study in Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP).
  • Your total SLE amount will be reduced in accordance with your overall study load in a CSP. 
  • Once you have utilised all your SLE, you can not longer study in a CSP.

For more information about SLE, visit Study Assist.

If you are offered a full-fee place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s  FEE-HELP  loan scheme.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual  student services and amenities fee (SSAF) , which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2024 is $351.  

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see  Paying SSAF .

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These  additional fees and expenses  vary from program to program.

Fee assistance

Hecs-help loans.

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the  HECS-HELP  loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.

FEE-HELP loans

Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s  FEE-HELP  loan scheme.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the  SA-HELP  loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated  HELP  debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see  Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans)  or  Study Assist .

Income support

This program is approved for income support.

You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see  Income support for Masters students .

If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact  Centrelink  or  Services Australia  for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

Income tax deductions

You may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to your employment.

See the  Australian Taxation Office (ATO)  for more information.

Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Scholarship

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students working, or intending to work in the social and emotional well-being workforce, enrolled in related programs; worth up to $135,000 for tuition fees, SSAF and financial support.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2024 is AU$36,480.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2024 commencement is AU$73,920.

Other costs

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF)  in each calendar year.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)  - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
  • Some programs incur  additional expenses .

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the  cost of living  in Melbourne.

Important fee information

Find out more details about  how fees are calculated  and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a  refund  as a continuing international student.

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Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Turn your passion for helping people and addressing social and community issues into a rewarding career with accredited qualifications in social work.

As a social worker, you'll play a key role in developing a society based on social justice and in alleviating disadvantage. Social workers stimulate action to change the social circumstances of individuals and groups who are socially excluded. They also work to reduce personal pain and distress and provide direction for individual development and control over life situations.

The 2 year full-time program is particularly suited for new graduates looking for a clearly defined career path as a social worker, or people working in human services wanting to upgrade their skills to become a qualified social worker.

As part of the core courses, you’ll complete professional practice courses in health and ageing; child, youth and family; and mental health. You'll undertake 1,000 hours of supervised practical placements in a variety of organisations including not-for-profit, community service organisations and private practice.

This program is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and will enable you to qualify as a social worker and become a member of the AASW.

Program highlights

  • Learn from award-winning educators and leaders in teaching and research.
  • Benefit from a program created in consultation with professionals in the field.
  • Develop your skills and experience through supervised practical placements in organisations including not-for-profits, community service organisations and private practices.
  • Launch your career in social work or upgrade your existing experience in human services to become a qualified social worker, accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

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How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Work placements
  • Online study

Placements and work experience

Students will undertake approximately 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals and a variety of public and private agencies. During their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life setting. Although this program is offered on a part time basis, students will be required to attend clinical placements on a full time basis. Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses. Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet the placement requirements .

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Lifespan, Culture and Disability
  • Introduction to Key Elements of Social Work
  • Direct Practice 1
  • The Legal and Policy Context for Social Work Practice

See courses and program structure

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Social worker (child protection)
  • Social worker (community development)
  • Social worker (correctional services)
  • Social worker (disability services)
  • Social worker (drug and alcohol services)
  • Social worker (health services)
  • Social worker (migrant and refugee services)
  • Social worker (private practice)
  • Social worker (youth work and youth justice)

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian Association of Social Workers

Program accreditation

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) is accredited by:

  • Australian Association Of Social Workers

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Entry requirements.

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

  • A bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (see below), with one year full-time equivalent study in social and behavioural sciences.

Relevant disciplines for previous qualifications

Relevant disciplines include anthropology, community development, counselling, criminology, human services, Indigenous studies, international relations, political science, psychological sciences, psychology, sociology.

GPA equivalent

Select where you studied and your qualification to see the GPA equivalent you need to be considered for this program.

Use the GPA equivalent as a guide. When you apply, we’ll calculate your GPA using the UQ grading scale. Any failing grades will be included. Entry requirements are subject to change.

Equivalent subjects

English language requirements.

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL iBT (including Paper Edition) - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

PTE Academic - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Inherent requirements

To complete this degree, you have to meet its inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes. Read the inherent requirements before you apply.

Learn about inherent requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

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All domestic applications should be submitted to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

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Master of Social Work

The UOW Masters of Social Work (Qualifying) will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make important contributions to the betterment of people and communities. You’ll be ready to promote social change and development and make a difference in the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged individuals, families and communities.

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In 2022, the Government will pay up to 75% of the course fees for eligible Domestic students studying the UOW Master of Social Work (Qualifying). There’s never been a better time to get started on your next qualification. Speak with our course experts to find out more.

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The Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) can be studied over two years full-time (four subjects per semester). You can also choose to study part-time and work at your own pace. Students who are working full-time often study part-time, choosing to complete one to two subjects per semester, taking four years to complete the full degree.

The Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) requires the successful completion of 96 credit points.

View the Course Handbook for the complete course structure and learning outcomes.

Master of Social Work

The above tuition fees are the amount payable for a Commonwealth Supported place.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are University places where, for eligible domestic students, tuition fees are made up of two parts:

  • an Australian Government contribution (for some courses, up to three-quarters of the tuition fee is funded by the Australian Government)
  • a student contribution (which may be deferred and repaid later via a HECS-HELP loan)

To be eligible for this fee subsidy, you must meet the following criteria: Be a domestic student, i.e. an Australian or New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or a permanent Australian Humanitarian visa holder.

  * Total indicative course tuition fees shown is for a Commonwealth Supported place. These fees are based on normal course length and progression and are subject to change from year to year. For up to date information on course structure and fees, refer to the UOW Course Handbook .

You can choose to study the Master of Social Work on campus at Wollongong or South Western Sydney (Liverpool).

When you study ‘on campus’ you will attend classes at  a UOW campus  between Monday and Friday, but you can often choose class times outside business hours to help you organise study around your other commitments. UOW integrates online learning into all of our subjects so the time spent on campus is spent strengthening your understanding and practising your skills.

On campus study provides face-to-face interaction with our passionate lecturers and teachers and means that you have a greater opportunity to network with your classmates.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) is fully accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). Graduates of this course are eligible for membership of the AASW, w

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If you have questions before you apply, including fees, the subjects you will study or the required time commitment, please complete the linked form and a postgraduate Adviser will contact you. If you would like a personal consultation with a course coordinator, the Adviser can arrange this for you. To speak with an Adviser call 1300 367869.

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In 2022 the majority of UOW's postgraduate coursework degrees will offer Commonwealth supported places (CSP) to eligible Domestic students. This will result in students receiving up to 75% off their course fees. The only course exemptions are UOW's Executive Business degrees. Click on the link above to find out more and to see if you are eligible.

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Make important contributions to the betterment of people and communities.

I chose to study social work because i had a really keen interest in understanding how to create positive change and also looking for ways of tackling disadvantage injustice and inequality.   Our social work students will be great at understanding the realities of the world around them.   Our social work students will have a bigger picture understanding of what it means to be a social worker and to respond proactively and effectively to social and welfare needs across the community.   I think that it creates this really unique opportunity to engage in different challenges on a day-to-day basis but you begin to see these challenges as really amazing opportunities for change. It's about getting our social work students to understand the complexities of society and how we as social workers can assist in making those changes and making those differences a couple of the real world experiences.   I've had a chance to partake in have been with my two professional placements. So on my first placement I was with a multicultural organization that was working primarily with people from refugee and refugee life backgrounds and in my second placement with a community health organization working with people experiencing domestic violence and it's through those particular placements that they also develop a interest in a particular area of social work they see themselves possibly going into.   Before we went on placement we were given the opportunity to participate in simulation labs which gives you a really unique opportunity to watch back your practice and then reflect on that and unpack it with your peers and it really gives you a chance to explore your practice style before going out into the field.   So students are put into the placements not to just observe and you know, get coffee - they're actually there to actually work in those agencies which then provides them with those skills that they then develop and then they can take with them when they finish their social work degree   I think a highlight for me has been the incredible support that you have throughout the degree, whether that's from your academics, people in community organizations and especially from your peers. When you're going through such a challenging experience, you really band together and I think that's one of the things that makes social work such an amazing thing to study and a really strong discipline.   The future looks bright for our social work students, they will go into a career that enables them to have job satisfaction that what they are doing is making a difference, that what they are doing will matter that will create opportunities for those that are having a tough time in society to to move beyond those circumstances.

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Masters by coursework (graduate entry).

This graduate entry master course provides the knowledge and skills to become a professional social work practitioner and help people to address life challenges.

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This course has a mid-year entry, and comprises two years of full-time study, but units can be undertaken part time. Fieldwork must be undertaken full-time over two semesters in two separate calendar years.

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) Code indicates a registered program offered to international students studying in Australia on student visas.

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The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) course is a mid-year entry, fast-track option to becoming a social worker for those who already hold a bachelor degree in a related area.

This course offers Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) to domestic applicants, which means part of your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.  

Social work draws on knowledge from a range of disciplines including sociology psychology, politics, philosophy, health and economics. Social workers are committed to social justice, human rights and social change. They work with and alongside individuals, groups and communities to improve people’s quality of lives, promote positive relationships, and advocate for human rights.

The course focuses on how people understand and interact with each other, their communities and society.

This course has mixed modes of delivery, including online, on-campus intensive blocks and fieldwork. Please check individual unit information for tuition method. 

You will complete 14 weeks or 2 semester's worth (1000 hours) of supervised fieldwork placements in the course for professional identity development.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

What you'll learn

  • develop, integrate and critically apply social work values, knowledge and principles; provide assessment and intervention that is informed by consumers and the practice context.
  • work inclusively and creatively across diverse practice contexts; provide accountable and responsive leadership; demonstrate professional behaviour consistent with social work values, principles, ethics and practice standards.
  • demonstrate knowledge of relevant national and international social policies and practice standards in order to synthesise knowledge of the interrelationship between local and global issues, and apply an intersectional analysis to social policy domains.
  • apply appropriate communication and interpersonal skills using a variety of media relevant to the audience and guided by the ethical principles of the social work profession that are underpinned by pursuing social justice and upholding human rights.
  • in social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organisations, use appropriate technologies to research, evaluate and synthesise information, involving communicating knowledge within and beyond the discipline of Social Work which generates sustainable solutions appropriate to diverse contexts.
  • establish and sustain intellectual curiosity by using a range of learning strategies, including research informed practice, professional development and supervision.
  • value and respect the knowledge of Indigenous Australians; understand the effects of Australia’s colonial history and demonstrate advanced culturally responsive and inclusive practices; demonstrate commitment to social justice including human rights.

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Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

You must have a relevant bachelor degree completed, including at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences (studies of the individual and society), or equivalent prior learning, including appropriate professional experience. Entry into this course is competitive. If your prior degree is not considered relevant, you may be required to undertake prerequisite bridging units before commencing the program.

You will be required to submit supplementary information with your application.

There are limited Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available.

Ranking and Selection Process

1. Applicants will be ranked and selected based on published entry requirements and entire academic record.

2. Applicants must provide all required documents and be assessed as eligible to be included in the ranking for an offer.

3. Meeting the minimum entry requirements and course specific prerequisites, does not guarantee selection.

4. In the event the course reaches capacity the University reserves the right not to proceed with subsequent offer rounds.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications .

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

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Application Requirements

Please refer to our application requirements before applying for a Master of Social Work (Qualifying) (MG-SCWK) at Curtin.

Admission requirements for the Masters of Social Work (Qualifying) are as follows:

An undergraduate degree with at least one year full-time study of the individual, society, culture and health, or equivalent.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • 1 relevant Referee report
  • A personal statement (up to 500 words) which addresses the following criteria:
  • Why you want to be considered for the course
  • Your knowledge of individuals, society and social construction
  • Your experience with diverse populations A police check, a Working with Children Check, and proof of relevant vaccinations will be required for field placement

Entry is competitive, and in ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • Prior academic performance
  • Relevant work experience
  • Personal statement
  • Referee Report

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Fees and charges

Australian and new zealand student indicative fees, 2024 fee year:, commonwealth supported.

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website .

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

To be eligible for the Commonwealth supported fee:

  • Australian citizens must complete some of their course of study while residing in Australia.
  • Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens must be residing in Australia for the entire course.

For further information on eligibility please refer to the Australian Government Study Assist website .

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 225 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

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  • For countries listed here ( Country List ), acceptance due date is 7 weeks before course start date, as stated on your Offer Letter. If you have a GTE Finance or GTE Interview condition on your offer, you must submit the GTE documentation 2 weeks before the acceptance closing date.
  • For all other countries which are not listed in the list, the acceptance due date is 3 weeks before the course start date.
  • If you are currently in Australia on a valid visa, the acceptance closing date is 1 week before the course start date.

Curtin has a duty of care to ensure all international students have sufficient time to have their student visa issued and to arrive in Perth in time for the Orientation Week and the start of classes. The timeframes stipulated above allows Curtin to process your completed documents and for the Department of Home Affairs to issue your student visa in time. For more information on visa processing times, please refer to the Visa Processing Times on the Department of Home Affairs website.

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Master of Social Work - Qualifying

Develop expertise in casework, assessment and intervention, and graduate with an internationally recognised qualification in social work.

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  • 2 years full-time
  • 4 years part-time

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2024.

Become a changemaker

Four of our students from all walks of life share the benefit of the Masters of Social Work degree. This innovative course incorporates campus and online learning, intensive block teaching and supervised integrated field placements.

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‘The Master of Social Work allowed me to formalise my affiliation with social work and provided me with the skills and knowledge to extend and specialise my capabilities in this field. In my role at Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services, I support clinicians to more actively engage with research. I can greater foster practice-based research that facilitates change and improves mental healthcare services and clinical practice.’

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'Working with the professionals who deliver the lectures and intense workshops is a real eye-opener. They have so much experience and are happy to share their expertise and their understanding of the professional with us.'

Master of Social Work

Our Master of Social Work provides an internationally recognised qualification. This innovative course incorporates campus and online learning, intensive block teaching and supervised work-integrated field placements. Students work alongside academics to develop a personal learning plan which fits with other commitments and meets the requirements of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

  • Develop expertise in casework, assessment and intervention, practice frameworks, policy, and ethical and legal contexts of practice.
  • Complete in 2 years full time or 4 years part time.
  • Graduate eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
  • Gain experience in extensive field placements supervised by a professional social worker.

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What to expect.

The Master of Social Work provides graduates with an internationally recognised qualification in social work and is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

During the course students will develop knowledge and expertise in:

  • casework and case management practice
  • assessment and intervention
  • political economy and policy making
  • ethical and legal contexts of practice
  • theoretical and practice framework that incorporate child wellbeing and mental health contexts

Students also complete 1,000 hours of supervised field placements.

Students are required to attend compulsory on-campus sessions each semester. This includes a requirement to attend sessions during Orientation Week. All commencing students will need to ensure they are available to attend.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Find out more about additional course requirements and costs .

Work Integrated Learning

During this course, you will be required to complete 1000 hours of professional work experience..

You will need a valid blue card to complete practical placements in this course.

Careers and outcomes

This course is designed for graduates from other disciplines seeking a qualification in social work. It is not suitable for qualified social workers seeking additional postgraduate study.

This innovative course is designed to deliver graduates who can work in a variety of government, non-government, and not-for-profit sectors, either in direct support or outreach services, community development or policy and social advocacy positions.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Details and units

Course structure.

The Master of Social Work - Qualifying consists of 12 units and can be studied full time (two years) or part time (four years).

The course includes a minimum 1,000 hours of field placements supervised by a professional social worker. These placements are undertaken over two professional practice units, each worth 36 credit points (SWN021 and SWN022).

Requirements

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You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

Entry requirements

You must have a completed recognised bachelor degree and have passed one year (8 units) of full-time studies in social sciences such as:

  • studies in society
  • human development
  • human services
  • media and communication
  • urban and regional planning.

This course is not designed for students who already have a bachelor degree in social work.

Overseas qualifications

QUT will consider equivalent overseas qualifications for admissions purposes. If you have tertiary qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

We also recognise not all overseas social work qualifications will meet the professional requirements to gain membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) . We will consider applications from overseas qualified applicants for this course.

If you are a qualified social worker in your country of residence, you should also contact the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) to determine any study you may need to undertake to be eligible for membership in Australia. This assessment may indicate that you won't need to complete the full two years of study and you may be eligible for some credit for prior learning (advanced standing) towards your study.

English language proficiency

We require students to demonstrate they can speak, write, read and comprehend academic English to a specified standard.

Our English proficiency requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS (Academic): 7.0 or better overall with no subscore below 7.0
  • PTE: 65 or better overall with no subscore below 65
  • TOEFL (IBT): 98 or better overall with listening and reading subscores of 24 or better, a writing subscore of 27 or better, and a speaking subscore of 23 or better
  • Cambridge English Score: 185 or better overall with no subscore below 185

The test must have been completed within 2 years prior to the proposed course start month.

Selection ranks

You will be considered solely on the basis of selection ranks from your prior degree studies plus any postgraduate studies you may have undertaken. Other qualifications and experiences may be allocated selection ranks for entry to other QUT courses but will not be considered for this course.

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Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank will be applied to this course.

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Minimum academic requirements

You must have a completed recognised bachelor degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.00 (on QUT's 7 point scale) that includes the equivalent of at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences, for example:

This course is not designed for students who already have the equivalent of a Bachelor in Social Work. However, QUT recognises not all overseas social work qualifications will meet the professional requirements to gain membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and will consider applications from overseas qualified applicants for this course.  

Applicants who are qualified Social Workers in their country of residence should also contact the  AASW  to determine the study they may need to undertake to be eligible for membership in Australia.  This assessment may indicate that it will not be necessary for you to complete the full two years of study and you may be eligible for some advanced standing towards your study.

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

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We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2024: CSP $9,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

2024: $33,300 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2023: CSP $8,400 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2023: $32,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

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Be an advocate for social justice and human rights. Make a real difference to the lives of people in need. Excel in your career in one of the fastest growing professions.

You might be a new graduate looking for a clear career path or an experienced social worker wanting to take the next step in your professional life. Or perhaps you are ready for a career change and want to step into social work.

Whatever your background, we'll prepare you to work across human and community services in government bodies, non-government organisations, community and health services and more. You'll become confident working with migrants, people with alcohol, drug and mental health problems and in palliative care, child protection, youth services and much more.

You'll be exposed to challenging real life situations through 140 days during your studies in social work settings, being mentored by experienced professionals in the field. Then, once you graduate, you can go on to be a qualified social worker, take up management positions or work in national or international policy development.

This is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification, and is an entry qualification into the social work profession. It has been deemed to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards.

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"I chose to study social work to help other people within my field. Throughout the program, we undertake a lot of placement to prepare us for industry and we will be accredited upon graduation - I am excited to put the theory I have learned into practice. The university helped me to organise my placement experience, which made everything so easy."

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Professional social work positions in hospitals, community health care, child protection, justice, community development, local government, government policy, social research, advocacy and many more.

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Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Contact hours

7 hours of seminar time per fortnight for one course. We require students to attend fortnightly face-to-face seminars (with supplementary online materials) for all scheduled courses in the program.

Work integrated learning

This program requires a total of 980 placement hours, across 104 weeks.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (non year 12).

Successful completion of a relevant * Bachelor degree with at least one year of study, or the equivalent of full time studies in social and behavioural sciences.

* Relevant Bachelor degrees should have at least one year of study in any of the following disciplines:

• Human welfare studies and services which includes social work, youth work, community work, welfare studies and counselling;

• Behavioural science which includes psychology or behavioural science;

• Studies in human society which includes sociology, anthropology, Indigenous studies or gender specific studies;

• Or other disciplines such as political science, policy studies, family law, justice administration, legal studies, family and consumer studies, education with a focus on welfare, public health, health promotion, community health, public health, mental health nursing or community nursing.

Successful completion of a related Bachelor degree with four relevant courses (equal to 0.5 EFTSL) and successful completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Services https://study.federation.edu.au/search/?term=dgc4

English language requirement

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 7.0, with no band less than 7.0 in listening, reading, writing and speaking or equivalent. 

Extra requirements

Essential requirements for enrolment or graduation: Working with Children Check is compulsory. Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. Police record check is compulsory. Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course. Students undertaking placement at some agencies will be required to undertake a NDIS Work Screening Check. National Police Record Checks and NDIS Working Screen Checks are at the student’s own expense.

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Federation University code: HW9

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$8,948 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing .

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) .

Other study costs

Travel for field placement during your studies, Working with Children Check, Police Check, books and  materials.

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a  SA-HELP loan.

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Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

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Pathways/alternate entry

Pathways into this program may include Bachelor of Community and Human Services and Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Services 

Federation University Bachelor of Community and Human Services graduates are eligible for direct entry to the Master of Social Work(Qualifying) and will receive credit for one semester of study, reducing the length of study from 2 years to 1.5 years.

Successful completion of a related Bachelor degree with four relevant* courses (equal to 0.5 EFTSL) AND successful completion of Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Services are eligible for direct entry to the Master of Social Work (Qualifying). *Relevant courses are typically two units in the study of human behaviour and two units in the study of society

Alternative Entry Pathway:

Domestic applicants only:   Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ can apply directly through the Aboriginal Education Centre

Professional recognition

Fully accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Additional information

Professional Experience

Professional experience field education placements take place at the end of both the first and second years. This professional experience provides the minimum supervised practice requirement (2 x 70 days = 140 days). However, some applicants may be able to apply for credit/RPL for some or the entire first field education placement if they have completed a 70 day supervised field placement during their undergraduate studies.

Credits/Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit transfer will be in accordance with the AASW Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (2020). Further information about credit transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be found through contacting the Program Coordinator.

Delivery format

The program will be delivered sequentially, that is, one course at a time over a period of 6-8 weeks per course. Learning materials and activities will be available for each course online via the FedUni moodle and there will be fortnightly seminars on Fridays for each course. Seminars will be held on-campus from 9.30am - 3.30pm on Fridays (each course outline and moodle will set out the dates of seminars in advance).

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864. The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas. All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment. CRICOS Provider No.00103D Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals. National RTO Code: 4909

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This program is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and graduates are eligible for membership of the AASW.

Western Sydney University has been ranked in the Top 200 Universities for Sociology, in this year's  QS World University Rankings by Subject.

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Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this degree, you can look forward to a broad range of exciting career opportunities in different sectors and industries. Below are some examples of the possible careers you can pursue with this degree:

  • Become a caseworker/manager and make a difference in the areas of child protection, drug and alcohol services or community health
  • Take on an exciting research role
  • Become a counsellor and change the lives of people struggling with emotional issues
  • Influence the development of social policy
  • Get involved in Human Services and help Improve aged care, communities, education providers and transport services

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To work out how much your Student Contribution will be before you study, you will first need to find out the Student Contribution band your subjects fit into based on their general discipline area. You can then calculate your student contributions to work out the total amount of your contribution.

The Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) is a range of loans introduced by the Australian Government from 2005 to provide fee payment assistance to eligible students. Loans are for Australian citizens studying in Australia or overseas. Permanent residents who hold a humanitarian visa are also eligible if studying in Australia. If eligible you may be able to defer all or part of your Student Contribution through the HECS-HELP loan program. You may also be eligible for OS-HELP if undertaking studies overseas. New Zealand citizens and holders of an Australian permanent resident visa (other than an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) are generally not entitled to HECS-HELP assistance. If you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident your Student Contribution amount must be paid in full by the census date. However, the Australian Government has passed new legislation that changes the way some New Zealand citizens, who hold a Special Category Visa (SCV), studying in Australia will pay their fees. More information is available on the Changes to fees for New Zealand Citizens webpage.

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If you are a domestic student, you can apply through our Western Application system which is free of charge.

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Western Sydney University recognises and rewards students who demonstrate community engagement, outstanding academic ability and superior leadership skills. Donor-funded scholarships are also available, providing support for students based on both academic achievements and equity considerations. There are also scholarships available for specific degrees. 

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  • Not a New Zealand citizen; and
  • Not a permanent resident of Australia.

Admission to Western Sydney University is on the basis of meeting minimum academic and English language requirements . For more information about tuition fees and other costs, visit the Fees and Costs page .

When you apply to Western, you’re automatically assessed for a Scholarship, no additional application required! We’re offering multi-year scholarships (for up to 3 years) valued at $6,000 or $3,000 and even 50% off tuition fees. Scholarships are awarded on academic merit.

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Social workers can be a lifeline for people facing difficulties related to financial, medical, mental health or relational circumstances. This course enables you to develop the skills, knowledge and values to become a strategic, ethical and reflective social work practitioner.

Our accredited Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) is suited to applicants with previous experience in the study of the social sciences, social welfare, psychology or related fields.

In this program, you'll examine child protection, social policy and law, mental health, health issues impacting Indigenous communities, and leadership in social work organisations. You'll also undertake practice under the supervision of an experienced social worker. As a graduate, you'll be ready for a career as a professional social worker in Australia and may also be eligible for employment overseas.

Please note: All students, including those enrolled online, are required to participate in on-campus learning for a minimum of 20 days/150hrs over the duration of the course. This requirement is stipulated by the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). Students meet this requirement by attending compulsory residential schools conducted at the Gold Coast campus.

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“I liked the location, the flexibility of studying online and meeting face-to-face for residentials. The learning content had a great mix between direct practice and critical reflection which was really valuable.”

Understanding the Southern Cross Model

The Southern Cross Model is a game-changer in higher education study.

Our students now engage in shorter, six-week unit structures designed around immersive and interactive learning experiences. The shorter unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum as they achieve milestones quickly, resulting in increased student success rates, and course and teacher satisfaction. Lectures are a thing of the past - students will be engaged in active, interactive and discussion-based learning.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

Our online study option is highly interactive and may include a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes.

The method of teaching and assessment may vary from unit to unit.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes (GA).

Placements, work experience and study hours

In line with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) requirements, students will be required to undertake 1,000 hours of supervised practice. All students, whether studying on campus or online, are required to attend two field education placements. These placements are completed in two separate organisations in different fields of practice so that students gain a diversity of experience.

The Social Work Field Placement I unit involves 400 hours (57 days) in the first year (of full-time study), with a minimum of three days per week spent on placement. In addition, the Social Work Field Placement II unit involves 600 hours (86 days) in the second year (of full-time study), with a minimum of three days per week spent on placement. These time commitments apply to both full-time and part-time students.

Please note: All students must obtain a National Police Check and Working with Children Check. Some agencies also require students undertaking placements to be immunised for a number of conditions and to have up-to-date vaccinations. Most agencies require students to have a current Australian driver’s licence.

Specialisations, majors and minors

The course includes core content in child protection, cross-cultural practice, mental health work, and work with people from Indigenous communities. It covers essential theories and methods of social work practice including effective practice in working with individuals, groups and communities. Students are also exposed to key knowledge in using social policy and the law to advance the rights of clients and community members.

Please note, in accordance with Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accreditation standards, this course requires online students to attend mandatory residential schools throughout the year. Students will be notified of the residential school dates on commencement.

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Career outcomes, potential occupations.

Graduates of this degree will qualify as social workers in Australia. Graduates may also be eligible to apply to work as social workers overseas.

Graduates will be suited to employment in a wide range of jobs in the health and community services sectors. These include positions that are designated solely for social work-qualified staff (e.g. in hospitals), as well as other human services jobs that are open to other graduates. Graduates may be employed in organisations such as Centrelink, public and private hospitals, child protection agencies, Australian Defence Force, domestic violence services, housing and homelessness agencies, aged care and disability services, mental health agencies, family counselling agencies, rehabilitation services and private practice.

Professional accreditation

This is an Australian Association of Social Workers  accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and meets the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). Graduates are eligible for AASW membership.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards , noting any specifics listed below.

Entry requirements

Students admitted to the MSW(Prof Qual) are required to have completed a relevant three year AQF Level 7 degree course that contains at least one year, or the equivalent, of full-time studies in the social and behavioural sciences.

To be accepted into the program, international students who have not completed a Year 12 or equivalent secondary school level qualification or higher qualification in the English language consistent with the requirements for admission to AQF Level 9 degree course in Australia must have a minimum score of 7.0 or higher in each component (listening, reading, writing and speaking) of the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent) test upon application.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

Credit for prior learning

Candidates, who have completed the SCU Bachelor of Social Welfare, or equivalent degree, may apply to have not more than 25% or four (4) units assessed for advanced standing, on a case by case basis.

Course requirements

To be awarded the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying ) students must complete the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points) comprising all 12 core units (192 credit points)

Professional Experience Learning / Field Education

This course includes professional experience learning via field education. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Health Professional Experience Field Education page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Equity & Inclusion website . If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Equity & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.

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Credit for Prior Learning, also referred to as ‘Advanced Standing’ or Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL), is the process of looking at your prior study and/or experience to assess if you can be awarded academic credit or gain entry to a course on the basis of your existing knowledge and skills.

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Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Current Students should select their units by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment as these may be different.

Social Work Course Progression

Second year.

Triple-weighted unit.

Why Social Work and Community Welfare at SCU

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Fees and Scholarships

Domestic students.

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or Australian humanitarian visa holder. Your course will either be a Commonwealth Supported Place or a full fee-paying place. This is noted in the course snapshot.

Commonwealth Supported Places:

In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) , the Government pays some of your fees and you pay the rest as the Student Contribution Amount (SCA).

SCA is calculated per unit, not per course. Eligible students can defer the SCA through a HECS-HELP loan.

Full Fee-Paying Places:

A full fee-paying place is where you pay the full (unsubsidised) tuition fee for your course. Eligible students can defer the payment of their tuition fees through the FEE-HELP scheme (including employer-reserved places for The Hotel School courses).

What is the Student Services and Amenities Fee?

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Apart from unit fees, what other study costs are there?

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

What scholarships are available?

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

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If you're an international student, you can find the annual course cost in Australian dollars (AUD$) on our International Courses and Fees page or on the web page for your course under fees.

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Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

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Course information for - 2024 entry Are you an Domestic International

Offered at 2 locations location canberra strathfield.

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The Master of Social Work is a vibrant and challenging program. You will be encouraged to build on your existing knowledge and experience, gaining a sound understanding of social work values and practice approaches. The course emphasises social justice, human rights, and achieving the best possible outcomes for the most marginalised and disadvantaged members of our community. You will be taught by leading social work practitioners and academics, with a strong focus on experiential learning.

T he program is offered face-to-face and online .

You can study face-to-face at our Canberra and Sydney (Strathfield) campuses with a February intake. Or you can study online via ACUOnline with two compulsory one-week intensives each year of the program in either Brisbane or Melbourne. Multiple intakes, commencing in January 2023.

Field education is a core element of the face-to-face and online program, and a major part of a student’s professional identity development. It provides an opportunity to observe, question and model social work behaviours, translate social work theory into practice, and apply knowledge drawn from other units of study. The course includes a total of 1,000 hours of supervised field education and training and ACU will match you to your placements based on where you are geographically located.

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this course. See the Courses costs section below, under Fees .

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Professional experience

You will be required to complete 1,000 hours of supervised field education and training over two years.

Work placement

ACU has strong industry ties with hospitals for placements and significant stakeholder engagement with many health partners.

Students are placed in a variety of different locations to give them experience in various settings. Locations and settings include: community mental health; CatholicCare; Life Without Barriers; Mission Australia; St Vincent’s Hospital; Department of Family and Community Services; Queensland Child Safety; Centrelink. Students may have some flexibility in choosing where you want to do your placements.

Field education is a core element of the program and a major part of your professional identity development. It provides an opportunity for you to observe, question and model social work behaviours, translate social work theory into practice, and apply knowledge drawn from other units of study.

Accreditation

This is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and meets the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

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Social workers may also work in different areas of practice, including:

  • family work
  • youth and child welfare services
  • medical and health services
  • disability services
  • psychiatric and general mental health
  • community services
  • income support
  • research 

Course details

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To complete the Master of Social Work, a student must complete 160 credit points (cp).

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Please note : Course maps are subject to change.

Commencing Semester 1

Year 1 semester 1.

  • Specified Units SWTP634 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Social Work 10 cp
  • Specified Units SWTP620 Social Work Theories, Context and Fields of Practice 10 cp
  • Specified Units SWTP622 Social Work with Individuals 10 cp

MULTI-MODE.

Year 1 Semester 2

This unit is offered via ACU Online (ACU Online Term 4).

(500 hours) (Pre: SWTP620 & SWTP622 & SWTP633 & SWTP634) 

Year 2 Semester 1

MULTI-MODE. (Pre: SWTP634 & SWTP620)

(Pre: SWTP620 & SWTP622)

MULTI-MODE. (Pre: SWTP620 & SWTP633 & SWTP634) 

Year 2 Semester 2

This unit is offered via ACU Online (ACU Online Term 4). (Pre: SWTP625 & SWTP627) 

(500 hours) (Pre: SWTP624 & SWTP625 & SWTP629 & SWTP627 & SWTP626 & SWTP632)

All units are delivered in On Campus mode, unless otherwise indicated in the map.

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in this unit.

Graduate statement

As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures

Imagination

As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.

As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

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Entry requirements.

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

All students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the  Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the course, applicants must have:

a.    Completed a Bachelor degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelor Degree in a related field which includes at least one year full-time study in the social and behavioural sciences.

These studies may include psychology, sociology, anthropology, policy studies, history, law, health and disability, nursing, disability studies, philosophy, Indigenous studies, culture and human diversity, media study, gender studies, social theory and population studies.

b.    The undergraduate degree must include study in human behaviour AND in sociology.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the  Admission to Coursework Programs Policy  (see English Language Proficiency).

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If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

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There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

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Further study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to higher degree research programs within ACU.

Course costs

All costs are calculated using  current rates  and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

the number of units studied per semester;

the choice of major or specialisation; and

elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences.  Conditions apply .

Additional costs

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

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Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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Master of Social Work Qualifying

How to apply, domestic applicants.

Deferment is available for one year.  Find out more about deferment.

Staff Profile

Professor Suzanne Hodgkin

Professor Suzanne Hodgkin

Professor of social work, discipline lead, school of allied health.

Professor Suzanne Hodgkin is the Social Work Discipline Lead within the School of Allied Health, based in our Melbourne campus. She has a background in management, supervision, research, teaching and social work practice experience in the tertiary, government and non-government sectors.

In 2013 Professor Hodgkin was awarded a teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. She has an international record of research that is based and related to critical social challenges such as developing sustainable rural health and aged care workforce models, improving comprehensive geriatric assessments and examining support provided to palliative care patients and their caregivers. Translation of this research has occurred in industry commissioned reports, media reports, conference proceedings, monographs, book and book chapters. In 2019, called as an expert academic witness to the Royal Commission into Aged Care and Safety to highlight issues for carers of older people, her work and expert testimony was cited in the released interim report, Neglect.

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21 Best universities for Social Work in Australia

Updated: July 18, 2023

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Below is a list of best universities in Australia ranked based on their research performance in Social Work. A graph of 57.1M citations received by 2.28M academic papers made by 21 universities in Australia was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

1. University of Queensland

For Social Work

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2. La Trobe University

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3. University of Sydney

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4. Monash University

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5. Deakin University

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6. Griffith University

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7. University of Newcastle

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8. University of Melbourne

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9. Charles Sturt University

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10. University of New South Wales

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11. RMIT University

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12. University of South Australia

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13. Queensland University of Technology

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14. University of Tasmania

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15. Flinders University

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16. James Cook University

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17. Western Sydney University

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18. Australian Catholic University

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19. Victoria University

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20. Curtin University

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21. University of the Sunshine Coast

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The best cities to study Social Work in Australia based on the number of universities and their ranks are St Lucia , Melbourne , Sydney , and Clayton .

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Our social work degrees provide you with a sound knowledge of the political, behavioural and social sciences, and equip you with the skills needed to work in a diverse range of fields in social work and human services.

Practical learning is a major focus of these degrees and you will practise hands-on skills in our innovative custom-built Social Work and Human Services Studio. Using recording equipment and cameras, you will be able to review your work and learn from your experiences.

Industry placements will also provide valuable practical experience and learning opportunities where you will benefit from the close supervision of experienced practitioners and regular support from the University.

Our social work degrees are also accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers, so graduates will be well-equipped for their future social work career with a recognised qualification.

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Join the No. 1 university in SA for graduate careers in Social Work 1 , and teaching quality in Social Work 2 .

Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Social Work 3 .

Build your practical skills in our innovative, state-of-the-art Social Work and Human Services Studio.

Gain practical experience and build pivotal networks with supervised local, rural and international industry placements totalling 1,000 hours.

Learn from award-winning researchers in their field.

Choose to study this program externally and make the most of a flexible, dynamic online learning environment 4 .

Our social work degrees are accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Study a program ranked in the Top 10 in Australia for graduate skills in Social Work 5 . 

1 ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22 – Overall Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities. 2 ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Overall Quality of Educational Experience Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities.  3 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 4 Students studying this program externally will be required to complete 20 days of on-campus, face-to-face learning across the duration of their degree. This a requirement of the accrediting body, the Australian Association of Social Workers to ensure practical skills competency.  5 ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2020-21, Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities.

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Meet some of UniSA's unstoppable graduates and explore how you can unlock your unstoppable career in Social Work with our world-class degrees.

Animal whisperer

Improving wellbeing through connection with animals.

Animal whisperer

For many of us, there is nothing better than cuddles and chats with our animal friends. Pets bring joy and are foundational to many people's mental health.

That’s why UniSA grad and lecturer, Dr Janette Young, has spent more than 10 years investigating the benefits of animals during times of loss, trauma and change. This UNSTOPPABLE force is now applying her knowledge to aged care, where pets can continue to give purpose and connection for residents. Core to her work is the recognition that both human and animal rights need to be considered to best support positive outcomes.

Want to learn more? Read Janette's full story.

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Janette Young

Janette Young Lecturer in Health Sciences (Health Promotion & Health Services) Bachelor of Social Work Doctorate by Research, Health Sciences

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Trauma healer

Practising the power of Aboriginal ceremonial release to heal trauma.

Trauma healer

Through the power of practising Aboriginal ceremonial release, UniSA social work grad, Dr Caroline Atkinson, is healing trauma for individuals, families and communities around Australia.

A proud Yiman and Bundjalung woman, and survivor of domestic violence, this UNSTOPPABLE force is embracing Indigenous traditions to create contemporary healing paths through the rituals of spiritual cleansing, storytelling, and the sharing of knowledge and wisdom.

Want to learn more? Read Caroline's full story

Caroline Atkinson

Dr Caroline Atkinson CEO at We Al-li Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

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Study at South Australia’s No. 1 university for graduate careers* and unlock your full potential.

*ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2020-21, Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.

As the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers 1 , our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready. A career in social work may entail offering support such as counselling and service referrals; conducting research; and practicing advocacy, to improve individual wellbeing and promote a fair, inclusive society. If you have a passion for human rights and a strong commitment to social justice, there are a number of employment opportunities in a wide range of fields including:

  • homelessness
  • correctional services and juvenile justice
  • child protection
  • domestic violence
  • mental health
  • leadership and Management
  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • policy, project work and research
  • community work.

1 ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22 – Overall Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities.

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Our students have had placements and internships with a broad range of organisations including:

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Employment for Welfare Support Workers is expected to increase by 25.2 per cent by November 2026.

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By 2024, employment for counsellors in Australia is projected to increase by 24.8 per cent.

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

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"I like that this degree is comprehensive - we’re not just studying about helping people with their social functioning but also about social policies, issues and the implications they might have. It encourages us to put our critical lenses on, which I think is really important."

Rubina Chitrakar

Master of Social Work Community Rehabilitation Support Worker, Neami National

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I like the amount of opportunities I have to do meaningful, extra-curricular activities internationally. I have participated in the Hawke Ambassador Program, giving me the opportunity to volunteer for six months with World Vision in Brazil, and I was selected as a Global Voices delegate, allowing me to attend the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York. 

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Kyle Reeves

"After working in the human services sector, I knew I wanted to become a social worker. The highlights of my time at UniSA include the flexible learning options, interactive workshops and my overseas study in Canada."

Christina Handley

Bachelor of Social Work Family Practitioner, Department of Human Services SA

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Further study qualified me to work in an allied health professional stream in government – it helped to diversify my career options and I’m so glad I did it. My role is focused on working with young offenders and their families to try and reduce offending behaviour, and includes making home visits, attending court and writing court reports. I enjoy helping young people strive to make positive choices, which can have significant long-term outcomes.

Steven Goss

Master of Social Work Youth Treatment Orders Project Officer | Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People

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Woman’s racy side hustle led to pressure to leave university

A young woman has revealed how she no longer felt welcomed on her university campus after her lecturer discovered her racy side hustle.

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A woman has revealed how she no longer felt welcome on her university campus after her lecturer discovered her racy side hustle.

Nova Hawthorne, 29, had initially entered the world of early childcare after finishing high school but in 2016 she decided to go back to university to study social work – her dream career.

At the start of her master’s degree, students were told about two placements that would take up an entire semester each – around four months – which would see them working in the field full time without pay.

If students wanted to make money, they’d have to work nights or weekends.

“I was in a relationship when I went on my first placement, and I was away from home in a small rural area about six hours away,” Nova told news.com.au.

Nova Hawthorne was studying social work. Picture: Instagram/@nova_hawthorne

She revealed her partner was supportive her during that placement but when the relationship broke down, she needed a quick way to make cash to support herself as she didn’t have a dollar to her name.

So, Nova turned to sex work where she sold pictures of herself and chatted online with people, and also met with clients in person.

She did this throughout her placement before returning to her university campus at the start of 2019, where she also worked in a variety of roles, and decided to keep up with her side hustle along with her existing jobs.

After a class, her lecturer pulled Nova aside and asked her to come into a meeting the following day.

“She said it with a smile on her face. She didn’t say it would be a good idea to bring a support person. She didn’t tell me what kind of content it would be about,” Nova said.

“And this was kind of normal. The lecturers often asked to discuss assignments or classes or topics or things like that. So it didn’t really ring any bells for me.”

In the meeting the lecturer immediately brought up Nova’s secret name and Instagram account she was using to promote her side hustle.

She was on placement with no money so she started in sex work. Picture: Instagram/@nova_hawthorne

The lecturer then started asking if Nova thought this was appropriate for someone studying social work and if it was impacting her degree. Nova felt as though she was being talked to with a judgmental tone.

When Nova said it was because she needed the money, the lecturer suggested she apply for a one-off $300 grant.

“She seemed to think that this was enough for me to survive without having a job or doing sex work,” she said, adding the lecturer asked her to write a reflective piece on what she was doing.

“I think she was in her attempt to make me realise it was a bad choice.”

She said she walked out of the meeting upset, thinking she was going to be asked to leave the university.

“I felt that the lecturers I trusted to support me, who are also social workers, had really let me down during this course and during the placement,” she said.

Nova was called into another meeting with her main contact for the jobs she had on campus, and it went in a similar direction, with the student being asked to consider whether it was appropriate for her to be working alongside the public in the uni jobs.

She was distraught, made to feel like what she was doing – paying her way through university – was immoral. At a loss and feeling like she wasn’t welcomed on campus anymore, Nova attempted to withdraw from her course. But the office saw she was in her final year and told her not to, and instead see the student union. Nobody from the university formally asked her to leave.

She felt pressured to move university campuses when her lecturer discovered her side hustle. Picture: Instagram/@nova_hawthorne

Staff from the student union found her in tears and they organised for a human rights lawyer to come and speak with her. They came up with a plan for her to leave her jobs and transfer to another campus for her to complete her degree.

“I felt like I had beef with the with the uni and I didn’t really want to go to a different campus of the same uni but it was kind of a stupid choice to lose everything over that when I was close to the finish line,” she said.

She graduated her masters in the honour society with high marks.

But, after everything, Nova decided to continue on focusing on her business as a cam girl.

“I had decided that following that I would take a year to just work in sex work, build up some money travel, do what I like, but those plans with halted by the pandemic,” she said.

“I always thought well, at the end of this year, I will go on to look for a social work position. ”But the pandemic ended up going for three years and I started just investing so much more time in my online business, that it was a great success and I’d have taking a huge pay cut to go into social work.”

She said an entry level social work position typically started at $60,000 but at this point she was making between $120,000 and $150,000.

She graduated from another campus. Picture: Instagram/@nova_hawthorne

Nova said her story exposed two major issues — that students weren’t compensated financially while working full time for months at a time, and that prejudice against sex workers was still strong in many aspects of society.

“There needs to be some sort of grant system or government funding people who are completing these, these long placements, especially in the medical field and nursing,” Nova said.

“They’re gonna be such valuable members to the workforce. However, they have to take such a cut and lots of sacrifice [to get there to] the point where ultimately they’re going to be amazing, outstanding individuals to the entire community.”

Nova said while she surrounded herself with people who understood her line of work, there was still obvious judgment about sex work, which she typically saw in the form of social media comments.

She has continued working in an online sex work capacity. Picture: Instagram/@nova_hawthorne

And while she isn’t using her degree in a formal capacity, Nova does feel like she is using her skills she learned.

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“Early on, even when I was dancing at strip clubs through uni before I got into the online work, I felt like I was someone people entering the industry could come to for unbiased support with no ulterior motive,” she said.

”I like that I’ve been able to continue that and people recognise me as an ambassador or a figure in the in the adult community that wants to see people achieve and wants to do the best and is able to provide mentorship and support in that way. And I really appreciate that people respect me for doing that and sharing that information.”

Nova said she will likely be able to retire early and with her lived experience and degree, she wants to use it where it counts such as helping create policy when it comes to sex work.

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